KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave Tuesday’s coronavirus update at 3 p.m.
Governor Beshear reports 1,497 new coronavirus cases and 16 more deaths.
The positivity rate sits at 6.30%.
Governor Beshear issues a new executive order regarding Kentucky schools. The executive order recommends all school districts, including private schools. to offer or expand some form of in-person instruction.
This recommendation starts next week.
“This is one of the ways that we can keep everybody in that school safe,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s going to be incredibly important, especially for districts that may go back for the first time, that this is strictly enforced.”
Schools will need to evaluate ventilation systems and consider appropriate safety procedures, as well as reduce density in classrooms, halls, schools buses and other areas of heightened risk.
Additionally, as of March 1, all school requirements tied to the color-coded COVID-19 county incidence rate are discontinued, Gov. Beshear said.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has worked to provide clear and up-to-date guidance to facilitate school operations in a safe manner. On Feb. 22, the department released “KDE COVID-19 Guidance 2.0,” which represents the culmination of that work.
You can watch it live below.
On Tuesday, the Green River District Health Department reported one new COVID-19 related death and 31 additional cases.
Of those new cases, 18 are in Daviess County, seven are in Henderson County, five are in Ohio County and there’s one new case in Webster County.
Green River health officials say the new death was a resident of Ohio County.
The district has seen a total of 19,823 cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Out of those cases, 17,402 residents of the seven-county region have recovered.
The Hopkins County Health Department’s coronavirus dashboard is showing eight new cases with no new deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has recorded 3,808 total cases with 3,311 recoveries.
Hopkins County currently has 370 active cases in the community.
Muhlenberg County is reporting three new coronavirus cases. Health officials say they are currently managing 59 active cases.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 9,366 cases, 150 deaths, 8,242 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,714 cases, 54 deaths, 2,581 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 3,808 cases, 127 deaths, 3,311 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,317 cases, 48 deaths, 2,056 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,209 cases, 57 deaths, 3,622 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,140 cases, 17 deaths, 988 recovered
- McLean Co. - 817 cases, 26 deaths, 734 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,209 cases, 13 deaths, 1,086 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 765 cases, 15 deaths, 674 recovered